By Gloria Essien
The National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, says its account has not been hacked by fraudsters in Lagos.
This was contained in a statement released by Head, Media & Public Relations of the NHIS Mr. Ayo Osinlu.
He said “The discovery of fraud in the operations of one of the Health Maintenance Organisations (HMO), Clearline International Limited, leading to the arrest of two persons, one of whom is a staff of the HMO concerned, has come to the attention of the National
Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS)”.
He also said that the seriousness of the crime, the huge sum of money involved, and the reference to NHIS’ account being hacked in the process compelled the Scheme to make the statement.
He said the NHIS has no account anywhere else outside the Federal Government’s Treasury Single Account (TSA) in the custody of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and therefore, it is not possible, or true, that fraudsters could hacked into the account of NHIS in this act.
He noted that in the spirit of the Scheme’s on-going rebranding reforms, of which Transparency and Accountability is a major factor, a Management Committee has been constituted the day after the crime was reported, to ascertain the veracity of the allegations, the actual sum involved and the circumstances that facilitated the crime, among other terms of references.
He said NHIS wishes to reassure its stakeholders and the general public that it will not tolerate any breach of trust or guidelines under its operations, while we also being committed to the on-going reforms to reposition the agency as a result-oriented and socially-responsible public institution.